The Shift from Group to idea Cohesion is a Major Step in Cultural Evolution

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Ethological behavior-traits of Humans secure strong group bonding in precultural groups and primitive group societies. These small groups are characterized by size of 20 to 60 people, mild hierarchy, highly developed cooperation, strong bonding among members, and xenophobia toward nonmember humans. During human evolution these groups developed distinct cultural structures and represented small autogenetic systems, which were able to replicate their various components, that is, humans, artifacts and ideas. The ideas of the group were shared by its all members. The most characteristic group organization is now idea-sharing, which is the largest source of present day human cohesion. A set of related idea entities are shared by a set of people. The members of both sets are continuously changing. One given member of any set can also be the member of other sets. Shared ideas represent strong cohesive bonds among people. This peculiar relation between people and ideas has led to the emergence of very special selection forces to shape the evolution of ideas. Only appropriately organized sets of ideas are able to replicate. In order to survive and replicate, the ideas of a primitive group society must have some adaptive value to the group. Evolution of ideas today has by and large been detached from adaptation, and has become self-organizing and self-maintaining. Recognition of the nature of idea evolution helps reveal a number of ideological, economical and cultural fallacies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Futures
Volume30
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 1990

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  • cultural evolution
  • group cohesion
  • societal development

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The Shift from Group to idea Cohesion is a Major Step in Cultural Evolution. / Csányi, V.

In: World Futures, Vol. 30, No. 1-2, 01.09.1990, p. 75-82.

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